The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more inclusive democracy—one in which all voices are heard. We envision a country in which the electorate mirrors our country's makeup and college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections and not just at the polls.
We are Florida voters who believe that every voter should have the right to cast a meaningful ballot. That is why we support the All Voters Vote initiative. Current Florida law prohibits most voters from voting in the elections that will determine who serves in our legislature, cabinet, and as our governor. With taxpayer funded closed partisan primaries in highly gerrymandered districts, the vast majority of Florida voters are currently prohibited from voting in important elections, and Florida is one of only 9 states with a closed partisan primaries. Millions of voters pay taxes to run elections in which they cannot vote. How is that fair. We believe that for the future of our state, we must change that. We believe that ALL voters should be allowed to vote. That is why we support elections that not only allow, but also encourage, ALL VOTERS to vote regardless of political or party affiliation. Allowing ALL registered voters the chance to vote in primary elections will help make our government more responsive to the people.
Healing our democracy with balanced news, media bias ratings, and real conversation. AllSides exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Our media technology is available for schools, nonprofits, media companies, and more.
The ACLU, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU is now a nationwide organization with a 50-state network of staffed affiliate offices filing cases in both state and federal courts. We appear before the Supreme Court more than any other organization except the Department of Justice.
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is the nation's leading progressive legal organization, with over 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses. Originally formed as the progressive response after the Supreme Court's Bush v. Gore decision, ACS was founded on the principle that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.
The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education's role in preparing the next generation of engaged citizens for our democracy. The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce college and university graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences they need to be informed, engaged members of their communities.
In the face of rising hate crimes and discrimination on the basis of race and religion, we focus on growing the number of Americans who know their fellow Muslim, Arab, Black, Sikh, and South Asian American neighbors. We promote core American values of equality, pluralism, and strength through diversity. We believe in an America that is indivisible – join us to help realize that vision.
American Oversight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog and is the top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration. Since our launch in March 2017, we have filed more than 100 public records lawsuits, uncovering and publishing tens of thousands of documents including senior officials' calendars, emails, and expense records. Relying on FOIA and other public records laws, we file requests to uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight, and then we harness the independent power of the courts to force the administration to obey the law.
American Promise is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates for a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would allow the U.S. Congress and states to set reasonable limits on campaign spending in U.S. elections.
Evidence-based policy-making American Public Square is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. Bringing together non-like-minded people for fact-based, civil conversations about national, regional, and local issues.
Evidence-based policy-making ASBC is a network of businesses and business associations committed to the triple bottom line. To change public policy, we advocate for legislation that supports sustainability, equity, and justice – from a business perspective.
The AND Campaign believes that politics is a limited, but essential forum for pursuing the well-being of our neighbors. It is limited in both its scope and its effectiveness. Politics can and should only reach so much and so far, and political solutions will never approach the perfect justice that Jesus will bring and is bringing. Our hope in all things is in Him. There is rarely one Christian position on a public policy issue, but every Christian should be thinking Christianly about politics. In the policies The AND Campaign promotes and in the positions we take, we believe social justice (&) moral order are not at odds, but are two sides of the same coin. We seek to act as faithful Christians, applying the timeless values of our faith and Christianity's true account to the reality we all face, in this political moment. We invite all who affirm our approach to join us in our work to assert a compassionate and convictional witness into the public square.
Ask Big Questions is helping restore the soul of higher education. We provide powerful tools to engage diverse participants. Participants connect through reflective conversations. These conversations build trust and understanding in communities.
FMC, the Association of Former Members of Congress is a bipartisan, nonprofit, voluntary alliance of former United States Senators and Representatives, standing for America's Constitutional system. FMC works to strengthen the Congress in the conduct of its Constitutional responsibility through promoting a collaborative approach to policy making. FMC seeks to deepen the understanding of our democratic system, domestically and internationally, and to engage the citizenry through civic education about Congress and public service. The United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) utilizes the unique skill sets of its 600 members to provide pro bono public service programs and initiatives both at home and abroad. Today, FMC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization with approximately 600 members who represented American citizens in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
At BallotReady, we're on a mission to make democracy work the way it should by informing voters on their entire ballot. BallotReady aggregates content from candidates' websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. We link everything back to its original source so voters can verify any piece of information, and we make every effort to confirm details with the candidates themselves, giving them the opportunity to share even more information.
Ballotpedia connects people with politics by changing the way they access the information they need to be informed about federal, state, and local politics. Our content includes neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics. Ballotpedia currently has over 288,000 encyclopedic articles and offers daily, weekly, and monthly email newsletters on a variety of specialized topics.
Better Angels is a citizens' organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. We try to understand the other side's point of view, even if we don't agree with it. We engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together. We support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.
Big Tent Nation is committed to transforming the way individual citizens, business and government communicate and collaborate on issues critical to broad-based national prosperity. This will give mainstream Nation is building an online platform that radically simplifies the civic engagement process for mainstream citizens. Our online environment leverages civic technology best practices to make it substantially easier and more rewarding for citizens to learn about economic issues, define common ground & form coalitions to pursue shared prosperity.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to represent both ends of the political spectrum. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy. It currently focuses on promoting health, energy, national security, the economy, financial regulatory reform, housing, immigration, infrastructure & governance for all Americans. BPC is committed to seeing bipartisan policy solutions enacted into law. As such, BPC Action engages in aggressive advocacy & strategic outreach to unite Republicans and Democrats on polarizing issues.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – our country's systems of democracy and justice. At this critical moment, the Brennan Center is dedicated to protecting the rule of law and the values of Constitutional democracy. We focus on voting rights, campaign finance reform, ending mass incarceration, and preserving our liberties while also maintaining our national security. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations dedicated to U.S. revitalization. With each organization focusing on a different sector of the movement, our members represent a combined three million supporters in the burgeoning field of civic reform and civil discourse. The Bridge Alliance acts as a hub of information and connectivity for over 90 civic action organizations. We provide the infrastructure for our members to expand individually, collaborate on shared goals, and inform others that are invested in democracy revitalization. Our member organizations are involved in three broad categories: Civic Engagement; Governance and Policy making; Campaigns and the Election Process.
Bridge the Divide is a political initiative that seeks to improve political and cultural polarization in America, exposing teens and young adults to new ways of thinking from people in the US and around the world. We are a platform that fosters growth and political socialization, showing that new ideas from young people throughout the world offer critical insight into who we are, where we're from, and where we're going.
BridgeUSA is an investment in the future of American democracy. We champion ideological diversity, promote a solution-oriented political culture, and teach responsible discourse in order to develop a generation of political leaders that value empathy and constructive engagement. Our organization works with America's future leaders on college campuses to foster spaces wherein a diverse range of ideas can engage one another through the practice of responsible discourse.
Bring it to the table is a documentary film, participatory online platform, community engagement campaign + web series aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation about issues that matter to us all. The project is for those who want to listen to what fellow students, co-workers, neighbors, friends, family members, and even total strangers, really think. Bring It to The Table is produced by Talking Eyes Media, a non-partisan, non-profit organization
Business for America is an alliance of business leaders with a vision of healthy representative democracy and government that work for all Americans. We're advancing public policy and technology solutions to improve government from end to end: how we run elections, how laws are made, and how those laws are implemented. Our mission is to make government efficient, effective, and accountable in order to establish a more competitive, innovative business climate in America.
CA Fwd is driven to make the promise of the California Dream attainable for all. Its mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all levels in order to: Grow Middle-Class Jobs; Promote Cost-effective Public Services; Create Accountability for Results.
Campaign for Accountability is a nonprofit watchdog organization that uses research, litigation, and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life. CfA works on behalf of the public interest to expose corruption, negligence, and unethical behavior wherever it may occur. We investigate the actions of powerful interests at every level of society, ranging from the largest corporations to the smallest county governments. Our current priorities include federal accountability, state oversight, corporate responsibility, consumer protection, and reproductive rights.
Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, CLC works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government.
In 2012, Fair Elections Center (formerly Fair Elections Legal Network) launched Campus Vote Project (CVP) to focus and expand its work around student voting issues. CVP works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Our goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
Our goal is to make every interaction between government and citizens easy, effective, and pleasant. We bring civic design skills in research, usability, design, accessibility, and plain language to improve the voting experience, make elections easier to administer, and encourage participation in elections. Through our work, we have helped hundreds of election officials build their skills and capacity, and touched millions of voters in small but important ways. Across all of our projects, our research suggests that the voter journey—all of the information, decisions, interactions that get a voter from an intention to vote to actually casting a ballot—is a story of seemingly small barriers that can add up to a vote not cast. Our projects and research starts from the causes of those burdens. By smoothing out those barriers, our work can help more people vote, and strengthen democracy.
Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) is an innovative nonprofit with a proven track record of working with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. We seek to build voter trust and confidence, increase voter participation, and improve the efficiency of election administration. CEIR has the expertise to develop the forward-looking solutions needed for tomorrow's elections and today's voters.
The Center for Election Science is a nonpartisan nonprofit that studies and advances better voting methods. We believe you deserve a vote that empowers you to impact the world you live in.
CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE's scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy.
The Center for Political Accountability is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization leading the only successful effort that is achieving corporate political disclosure and accountability. As a non-government organization (NGO), CPA works outside the political system. With prospects nil for legislative or regulatory fixes nationally, CPA has developed an innovative strategy that enlists the cooperation of companies themselves by demonstrating the business value of spending transparency.
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. OUR VISION is for Americans to be empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money's role in politics and policy and to use that knowledge to strengthen our democracy. OUR MISSION is to produce and disseminate peerless data and analysis on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.
We create opportunities for exchange between open-minded people in the marketplace of ideas. We organize collaborative events and curate thought-provoking content so you can explore the big questions about human freedom that lie at the heart of complex social issues. Our programming is based on the two pillars of our guiding philosophy: Liberty is a key driver of progress; Learning transcends formal education.
Dedicated to promoting leadership in the Presidency and Congress. CSPC's mission is to apply the lessons of history to address today's political challenges; develop real-world strategic policy solutions by convening representatives from government, academia, and the private sector; and educate the next generation of leaders.
CHANGE Illinois is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leading systemic government and election reforms. CHANGE (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) champions ethical and efficient government and democracy and includes a diverse group of civic, philanthropic, business, labor, professional, and nonprofit organizations representing millions of Illinoisans. CHANGE Illinois works in collaboration with like-minded reform organizations, playing a leadership role in convening and facilitating efforts around shared policy agendas. The coalition works to improve challenges that undermine our democracy, including gerrymandering, restricted ballot access, voter suppression, uncompetitive elections, corruption, lack of government transparency and unethical lobbying, all of which have led to disillusionment and a decrease in civic participation.
Charter for Compassion provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.
TheChisel is the first and only civic engagement platform created to help people and institutions with opposing views find common ground and reach agreement - on facts and solutions. We offer you a unique platform to engage in public policy-making with experts from nonpartisan organizations and bipartisan coalitions. You can comment on proposals these experts have created—they'll listen to your feedback and revise the proposals to build consensus nationwide. And then, we'll help these organizations send these proposals to Congress. TheChisel is your vehicle for reclaiming your voice and your vote.
Cities of Service helps mayors and city leaders tap into the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities. We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve quality of life and build stronger cities.
Citizen University is building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country. We envision a great civic revival across our nation — our dream is a country in which Americans are steeped in a sense of civic character, educated in the tools of civic power, and are problem-solving contributors in a self-governing community.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable. We highlight abuses, change behavior, and lay the groundwork for new policies and approaches that encourage public officials to work for the benefit of the people, not powerful interests, in accordance with the principles of ethical government the founders set out in the Constitution.
We live in a society in which civil discourse and political decision-making capacity are deteriorating quickly and uncomfortably. We experience this erosion in obvious ways through hyper-partisan politics, toxic media and social media, and even day-to-day interactions with colleagues, friends, and family. Civic Health Project aims to reduce polarization and foster healthier discourse and decision-making across citizenry, politics and media.
Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities. Through professional support and student programs, Civic Spirit prepares the next generation to be knowledgeable, ethical, and active participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.
Our mission at CivilPolitics.org is to educate groups and individuals who are trying to bridge moral divisions by connecting them with scientific research in this domain. We provide a platform that enables an exchange of evidence-based best practices, hypotheses, and ideas among partners. We do this in three primary ways: 1) Education on scientific research for non-academics 2) Learning from partner organizations 3) Supporting new research.
Coffee Party USA is a grassroots, transpartisan movement that aims to restore the principles of our republic and spirit of a representative democracy in America. Coffee Party USA envisions a nation of diverse communities sharing a culture of informed public engagement that sustains a tradition where our solemn duty to vote is the currency of our democracy.
College to Congress (C2C) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of public servants. We seek a democracy that truly represents and reflects the people that it serves and provides the foundations for a more collaborative and effective government. C2C creates pathways for high-achieving, low-income college juniors, seniors, and recent graduates to intern in Congress.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact. Our bipartisan leadership comprises some of the nation's leading budget experts, including many past heads of the House and Senate Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Reserve Board.
Working together, we are building a democracy that works for all of us. Every aspect of our elections and representative self-government must be fair, open, accessible, and set-up so we all have faith in the integrity of election outcomes and the people we elect to serve us. Common Cause is solutions-oriented. Our network of democracy experts, working at the state and local level across the country, are winning pragmatic, common sense solutions and building a national movement that will make sure our generation secures and strengthens democracy for the next. We work to ensure that every vote counts, that every eligible voter has an equal say, that our elections represent the will of the people, and that our government is of, by, and for the people.
Common Good is a nonpartisan reform coalition with one basic goal — to restore the freedom of officials and citizens to use common sense. Its philosophy is based on a simple but powerful idea: People, not rules, make things happen. We present nonpartisan proposals to radically simplify government and restore the ability of officials and citizens alike to use common sense when advancing public goals.
We inspire citizens and leaders to make progress on issues through civil public discourse. We are a citizen-led nonprofit that inspires action on polarizing issues by bringing prominent leaders with opposing views together in public forums to find common ground. Free of political agenda and financial influence, our singular focus is bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.
Partisanship is at an all-time high, and it's holding our nation back. On issues like health care, immigration, debt, and taxes, our political discourse has become so divisive that we cannot find the path to compromise and agreement. But there must be a place in the middle where we can meet, work together, and get something done to improve the lives of Americans. Common Ground Solutions has big goals: to increase civic engagement; improve the quality of political discourse; highlight real-world stories of people working together across political lines; and forge moderate, commonsense solutions to our biggest challenges. We believe that the power to govern is not a prize to be won, but a responsibility to be used wisely and preserved for generations to come. The first step toward fulfilling that responsibility is finding common ground.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. We do this by enhancing the performance of the institution, legislators and their staffs through research-based education and training, and by strengthening the bridge and understanding between Congress and the People it serves. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better understanding, relationships, and communications with Congress.
For Founding Father John Adams, a representative body should resemble a 'portrait' of the people. They should "think, feel, reason, and act" like the people they represent. In other words, he believed that all representation should actually be inclusive. Since 2014, CRI has investigated ways to better accomplish his singular vision. Based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, CRI is an independently financed think tank focused exclusively on the problems of inclusive representation.
We are a lean, determined, non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. We bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. We convene people and groups with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues.
The mission of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership is to help build stronger communities in California by promoting public participation in local governance. The Davenport
Institute works with local governments, non-profit organizations, and residents to both promote and support and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live and work. We strive to be a champion of public engagement as a 21st century leadership skill for governments and residents to succeed together.
Demand Progress and our more than two million members seek to protect the democratic character of the internet — and wield it to make government accountable and contest concentrated corporate power. We work to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing and grassroots lobbying. We focus on issues of civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform. We run online campaigns to rally people to take action on the news that affects them — by contacting Congress and other leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word in their own communities. We work in Washington to provide an advocate for the public in all the decisions that affect our lives.
Democracy 21 and the Democracy 21 Education Fund work to strengthen the integrity and fairness of our democracy and to increase the role of citizens in our political process. The organization brings unique policy and litigation experience and expertise to campaign finance and democracy issues, and to related government integrity, transparency and accountability issues. Since we began in 1997, the organization has played a leading national role in the efforts to address the nation's campaign finance problems through public education, litigation, and other efforts. D21 President Fred Wertheimer has played a key role in every major campaign finance reform and ethics battle in Congress since the post-Watergate reforms in the 1970s and has participated as a lawyer in every major Supreme Court campaign finance case during this period. Democracy 21 manages a coalition of reform groups that meet regularly to develop approaches and strategies for promoting democracy reforms.
The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in America's community colleges, and to making democratic skills available to all students who desire a voice in local, state, and national discourse and action. To that end, TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula that engage students in civic and democratic education and engagement.
The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers' rights, women's rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy. United by a shared vision for a political process that counts every voice and every vote equally, we are mobilizing members of Democracy Initiative organizations to ensure that all Americans can vote, diminish the influence of corporate and special interests, and halt the obstruction that has thrown our Congress out of balance.
Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization, works to get big private money out of politics and people back in. Offering paid internships to undergraduates, Democracy Matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening our democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to issues of environment, civil rights, education, health care, foreign policy, and more.
Democracy Works is a team of software developers, public policy wonks, and civic organizers building the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy. Make voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no one misses an election. Make voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no one misses an election.
Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity. Our name means "the people." It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people.
DEPLOY/US is focused on building the ecosystem of support for bipartisan action on climate change and clean energy. We work with military, business, faith, investment, policy, and philanthropic leaders to reclaim American leadership in combating climate change by ensuring that right-of-center voices are part of the dialogue necessary to forge cutting-edge solutions. Our ultimate goal is a body of federal policy, enacted with strong bipartisan support, that mitigates climate change, accelerates the transition to clean energy, and supports economic growth.
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. It is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology.
As the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change, DoSomething's millions of members represent every US area code and 131 countries. Using our digital platform, DoSomething members join our volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about. Sorry in advance for the #humblebrag, but here are just a few of our greatest campaigns.
Our Mission is to advance nonpartisan reforms addressing significant problems in U.S. democracy, in coordination with other reform organizations; and to strengthen the reform movement in the United States through the interjection of information on global best practices in democratic institution-building.
We're focused on standing up to corruption and strengthening our democracy across the country. The Stand Up America team is here to provide you with the information and resources you need to take meaningful action. Whether it's an upcoming protest or calling your lawmaker about urgent legislation, we'll keep you informed about how you can most effectively use your voice to protect our democracy and resist the dangerous and misguided policies of the current administration.
Equal Citizens has one simple but incredibly important mission: to fix democracy by establishing truly equal citizenship. Once we, as a nation, have done that, we may then take on all the other challenges facing us. The good news is, since Congress created this problem, Congress can fix this problem. The legislation to do so has already been written. Now it's simply a matter of making sure Congress hears our voices and acts to make us truly equal citizens.
Our mission is to foster constructive dialogue wherever conflicts are driven by differences of identities, beliefs, and values. Difficult conversations — about the issues that matter most — are too often avoided or approached with fear. Essential Partners has worked for three decades to facilitate conversations and equip people using our approach to dialogue. We bring a method that is applicable and adaptable to a wide variety of contexts. Our method, Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), relies on preparation, structure, questions, facilitation, and reflection to enable people to harness their capacity to have the conversations they need to have. Essential Partners offers workshops, custom training, and dialogue facilitation, as well as consultation. Our aim is to equip you to have meaningful conversations about essential issues, so you can move forward and create a better way of living together.
We must restore balance to our political system, so regular people are heard and represented, regardless of how much money they have. That's why we design, support, and win small-donor elections programs at all levels of government across the country. Small-donor elections programs raise the voices of everyday people in our elections, reduce the power of big money, and ensure everyone's voice can be heard in government.
Everyday Democracy helps people and organizations build capacity to engage communities in creating change. We work to strengthen democracy by making authentic engagement and public participation a permanent part of the way we work as a country. Our process uses solid engagement principles with a equity lens, and leads from personal connection to sustained action. We also work with Anchor Partners, and throughout the country.
to expand our impact and create a democracy movement.
Redistricting Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, citizen-led, statewide coalition working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair. FDPA, is officially an arm of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We hold informational events, drive outreach to lawmakers and the media, and help the public take action.
Fair Fight Action (FFA) is taking legal action to make sure that every voter's voice is heard and every voter's vote is counted. Fair Fight's mission is to advocate for election reform and engage in voter education and turnout to secure the voting rights of Georgians. FFA, conducted a large vote-by-mail program, worked with churches to register voters, educate voters about the elections, voting procedures, and voting rights, and engaged in a get-out-the-vote program to mobilize voters to vote during early voting and on election day. Fair Fight works to ensure all voters have access to the polls. It promotes fair elections in Georgia, promotes voter participation in elections, and provides voter education. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, lobbies the state legislature for election reform and engages in targeted voter registration and other voter outreach programs and communications.
FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. Since 1992, we have been a nonpartisan trailblazer that advances and wins electoral reforms at the local, state, and national level through strategic research, communications, strategic advocacy and collaboration. Our engagement in influential research has helped dramatically expand use of ranked choice voting and forms of proportional representation in local elections.
Fair Districts GA is a nonpartisan organization that works to end electoral map rigging in Georgia. Our focus is to fight gerrymandering, the practice of drawing legislative district lines to favor one group over another. Our ultimate goal is to reform Georgia's process for drawing state and federal electoral maps. Georgia's current redistricting system gives lawmakers broad leeway to draw district maps for Congressional, state senate, and state house seats. Fair Districts GA supports stronger standards and a nonpartisan, transparent, accountable redistricting process. We collaborate with advocacy groups and grassroots organizations to inform Georgians about gerrymandering, advocate for redistricting reform legislation, and engage concerned citizens in our cause.
The Faith & Politics Institute cultivates mutual respect, moral reflection, increased understanding, and honest conversation among political leaders to advance productive discourse and constructive collaboration. FPI inspires political leaders to reflect and engage with one another for the good of our nation. Over the last 25 years, we've brought hundreds of political leaders together through our bipartisan work.
Let's see. ... The Constitution still works. Capitalism still works. Americans even agree on many basic human values. Yet something is amiss. It is as if we have forgotten how to be We The People. We will explain.
The Flip Side is on a mission to help bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives. We're a one-stop shop for smart, concise summaries of political analysis from both conservative and liberal media. Our goal is to become a news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and even the apolitical. It's hard to convince liberals to watch Fox or conservatives to watch MSNBC. But if everyone takes 5 minutes a day to read The Flip Side, we'll have a starting point when talking to our friends and neighbors.
Free Speech For People (FSFP) works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for 'we the people'. Founded on the day of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, FSFP envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote. FSFP is a leading force in the country for defending our Constitution and reclaiming the basic promise of democracy and American self-government: of, by, and for the people. FSFP advocates for a new constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending and to repeal the doctrine of corporate personhood.
Free the People's goal is to get ahead of politics, and engage in the cultural exchange that will set the political agenda for the next 50 years. We want to set the conversation, instead of settling for rhetorical scraps tossed to us by the political class. We want to make the community for liberty a cool thing. Using cutting-edge technology and storytelling, we're building a grassroots constituency that can translate good ideas into education, conversation, and social activism. We defend free speech online, the right to bear arms, and privacy from government cyber-snooping, all with equal passion. We fight government cronyism and go after big businesses that game the system at the expense of consumers and competitors. Our shared values, like equal treatment under the law and innocent until proven guilty, animate fights for justice reform, and against federal mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture. Most importantly, we defend free choice in everything from drug policy, to healthcare and retirement, to every aspect of the sharing economy.
Future 500 is a non-profit consultancy that builds trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists to advance business as a force for good. We envision a future in which business and civil
society work as equal partners and responsible stewards of a clean, just, and prosperous world. By helping diverse organizations step out of their echo chambers and seek common ground in uncommon places, we aim to catalyze innovative, systemic solutions that enable both our planet and society to thrive.
Generation Citizen (GC) believes all students have the right to civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy. We empower young people to become engaged and effective citizens. GC
works to ensure that every citizen in the United States receives and effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.
The Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit whistleblower protection & advocacy organization in the United States. We have the most effective methodology of using whistleblower revelations to have a meaningful impact on civil society and governance and know how to win whistleblower cases in the court of law and public opinion.
Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs. We envision a thriving and dynamic democracy with informed and involved citizens. We work to elevate the voice of citizens and improve public discourse for the benefit of all voters. We value inclusion and deliberation, fairness and respect in our core relationships and are committed to integrity and transparency within our organization.
iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. We provide teachers effective, innovative, freely accessible resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. Our mission is to ensure every student receives a high quality civic education and becomes engaged in - and beyond the classroom.
Illinois Humanities works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media & journalism, economy, and art. We strengthen the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement. Using the humanities as a tool to stimulate discussion, we create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.
The purpose of Independent Voter News (IVN) is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media, IVN actively encourages writers and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue. The mission of IVN is to raise the level of civil discourse to a place where solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.
The Independent Voter Project (IVP) is an organization that seeks to re-engage nonpartisan voters and promote nonpartisan election reform through initiatives, litigation, and voter education. We work with
organizations around the country to reduce the institutional barriers that limit electoral competition, restrict the nonpartisan right to vote, and insulate the two major parties from competition. As well, analyzes the legal, political, and social barriers to success, to focus on reforms that move us forward. We believe democracy functions best when the most people participate and representatives should be accountable to their entire community, not just their party. To provide voters with politically neutral, accurate, and reliable information about important public policy issues and to encourage non-partisan voters to vote and to participate in the democratic process.
We are a national strategy, communications, and organizing center working to connect and empower the 40% of Americans who identify themselves as independents. Our mission is to develop a movement of independent voters, in partnership with Americans of all persuasions, to reform America's political process, create unorthodox coalitions and use our democracy to develop our nation.
We are a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is building civility in a society that all too often seems tilted toward uncivil speech and actions. We are about process, not positions, we serve as a catalyst for change. The Institute for Civility in Government is dedicated to reducing the polarization of our political and legislative processes by facilitating dialogue, teaching respect, and building civility in both the public and private spheres. We believe there are two key threats to the effectiveness and efficiency of the governing process in the United States: lack of participation in government at all levels—local, state, and national; and persistent and growing polarization along lines of race, class, religion, age, and ideology.
The Institute for Cultural Evolution (ICE) is an "integral think tank" focusing on the cultural roots of America's challenges. Our mission is to help create political evolution in America. Toward this end we are working to overcome the problem of hyper-partisan polarization by evolving the political positions of both the Right and the Left according to their own values and strengths. We are applying groundbreaking insights from Integral philosophy and developmental psychology to help bring about cultural and political progress.
The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. The Institute envisions a future in California in which: People value their local public institutions. Local agencies effectively deliver public services. All segments of the community are appropriately engaged in key public decisions. Decision-makers make informed policy choices based on their best sense of the public's interest.
The Interactivity Foundation works to enhance the process and expand the scope and health of our democracy by bringing people together in small group discussions of broad topics of societal concern. Our goal is to engage more people in the exploration and development of more possibilities for public policy. We use a facilitated discussion process that is oriented around the notion of collaboration by difference, engaging a group to work together to uncover divergent perspectives on the discussion topic and to develop divergent approaches to that topic.
Issue One is the leading cross-partisan political reform group in Washington. We unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system. We believe we are uniquely positioned to seize this historic opportunity and win bold, national political reforms — to strengthen ethics laws, reduce the influence of big money on politics, modernize elections and end the pay-to-play culture in Washington. Our Reformers Caucus of more than 200 Republican and Democratic former members of Congress, Cabinet officials, and governors is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy.
IssueVoter's mission is to give everyone an equal voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful. At IssueVoter, we reinvest the majority of our profits back into the mission. Our vision: Voter participation, Transparency and accountability, Reduced outside influence, Increased knowledge.
We're international leaders in civic participation, deliberation, and engagement, driven to design the future of democracy. With over four decades of experience, we're partnering with citizens, communities, and institutions to design and implement informed, innovative, and democratic solutions to today's toughest challenges.
The Junior State of America (JSA), is an American non-partisan youth organization. The purpose of JSA is to help high school students acquire leadership skills and the knowledge necessary to be effective debaters and civic participants.Their mission aims to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement.
Kitchen Table Democracy supports the work of the National Policy Consensus Center, at Portland State University. To play a catalytic role in helping state leaders develop a collaborative system of governance, Kitchen Table Democracy: Creates and supports collaborative governance capacities, structures, and networks in states. Offers a nationally recognized source of information on collaborative governance. Demonstrates effectiveness of collaborative, democratic based processes. Supports and fosters state leaders who champion these approaches.
The Leadership Now Project was incubated by a group of Harvard Business School alumni as an innovative model for sustained and strategic engagement to fix democracy. Its membership organization of business professionals are concerned about the future of our democracy. It enables its members to strategically engage & invest in politics through a focus on the threats to the fundamentals of democracy: Issues including low voter turnout, gerrymandering, campaign finance rules, and a lack of highly qualified candidates are problems that require immediate attention as well as a long-term focus.
We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.
Listen First Project encourages conversations that prioritize understanding to bridge divides and mend our frayed social fabric. We create opportunities and teaches skills for conversations that tip the scales toward a stronger and more equitable future for our nation. We catalyze the #ListenFirst movement powered by more than 225 partner organizations, thousands of individuals, National Conversation Project, and local chapters around the world. LFP focuses on society at large, schools, and workplaces while recognizing those who champion the Listen First mission.
Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed.
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to ensure that Maine's campaign finance laws, elections, and government serve the public interest, both in principle and in practice. We engage Maine people from across the political spectrum, using research, education, and outreach to further fairness, inclusion, and opportunity in our politics.
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy. We seek to achieve a government that (actually) works for the people. We believe… That everyone deserves an equal voice in our democracy; That our lawmakers should represent the public interest, not wealthy special interests; and That access to money should not determine who gets elected or how policy decisions are made.
MAYDAY.US is a national grassroots movement to fight corruption by electing reformers on all levels of our democracy. We are creating a people's political machine to end the big money political machine. We… Defeat enablers of corruption, Elect reformers, Work to pass reform at all levels of government to end big money politics
Mediators Foundation supports and enhances the work of many of the best bridge-builders, peace-makers, and civic thought-leaders in America. Also helps a new generation of civic agents test and launch their initiatives. The overarching purpose of Mediators Foundation is to prevent and reduce conflicts and promote collaboration. The Foundation develops and promotes proven methods for increasing the human capacity for peaceful, creative problem-solving in ways that motivate participants to become more aware and engaged citizens. In addition, the Foundation provides fiscal sponsorship to organizations and projects that reflect and enhance our mission.
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) is the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial policymakers in the United States We develop the next generation to overcome partisanship on future-focused challenges and democracy reforms. MAP is connecting young lawmakers across state and party lines to find innovative solutions to democracy reform that make government more accountable, participatory, and representative for all.
More Equitable Democracy launched in January 2018 and serves as a nonprofit intermediary working with communities of color to advance electoral system reforms that increase representation for underrepresented communities. We strive to be co-creators within these communities to establish stronger bonds of democracy while empowering these groups with education, research, and the tools to strategically implement long-term change.
Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers is a member-led Association dedicated to structural election reforms in the public interest. We provide support to our member organizations through shared resources, best practices, and regular convenings. What unites us is being pro-voter, not anti-party. We favor a robust competition of numerous political parties and independents, and a level playing field on which that can occur. Our members have led campaigns for changes that increase electoral competition like Colorado's more open primary and redistricting reform, Maine's statewide ranked choice voting initiative, and California's top-two nonpartisan primary system.
The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities. We achieve this by inspiring, supporting and recognizing inclusive approaches to community decision-making. Founded in 1894 by a group of civic leaders that included Theodore Roosevelt and Louis Brandeis, the National Civic League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Today, more than ever, the work of the National Civic League is critical to helping create vibrant and healthy communities and a strong democracy.
The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today's toughest issues. NCDD Serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice. Above all, NCDD provides opportunities for members of the broadly-defined dialogue and deliberation ("D&D") community to share knowledge, inspire one another, build collaborative relationships, and have a greater collective impact.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We pursue our mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative, our cross-sector conferences and engagement with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations interested in utilizing civic engagement principles and practices to enhance their work. Connecting people for the purpose of strengthening civic life is our goal. At the core of our joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.
Building on the tremendous success of the first National Week of Conversation and the momentum it generated, we've launched an ongoing National Conversation Project to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides one conversation at a time. National Conversation Project—an overarching collaborative platform powered by 175+ organizations—is designed to reach farther and impact greater than any one organization by aggregating, aligning, and amplifying the many conversation efforts already underway while welcoming more Americans into conversations. National Conversation Project promotes National Weeks of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays, and any conversation inviting people to revitalize America together.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is the centralized hub for executing a comprehensive redistricting strategy that shifts the redistricting power, creating fair districts where Democrats can compete.
The vision of NFWL is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America's future. The mission of NFWL is to provide strategic resources to elected women for leadership development, exchange of diverse legislative ideas, and effective governance through conferences, state outreach, educational materials professional and personal relationships, and networking. We encourage the election and/or appointment of women to public office.
NICD, a non-partisan organization based at the University of Arizona that would promote healthy and civil political debate. The National Institute for Civil Discourse integrates research, practice and policy to support and engage: Elected officials who are capable of working to solve the big issues facing our country. A public that demands civil discourse as well as government that works in the best interests of the country as a whole. A media that informs citizens in a fair and responsible way.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org. It's mission is to provide education and business support services to our nonprofit member organizations and promote the value and benefit of public-service and investigative journalism.
National Popular Vote Inc. is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation whose specific purpose is to study, analyze and educate the public regarding its proposal to implement a nationwide popular election of the President of the United States.
The New Georgia Project is a nonpartisan effort tot register and civically engage Georgians. Georgia's population is growing and becoming increasingly diverse. Over the past decade, the population of Georgia increased 18%. The New American Majority – people of color, those 18 to 29 years of age, and unmarried women – is a significant part of that growth. The New American Majority makes up 62% of the voting age population in Georgia, but they are only 53% of registered voters.
NH Listens is a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. We are committed to impartiality in our mission of creating and sustaining a fair process for public engagement. We partner with public officials, organizations, and leaders in all sectors to gather broad input that can lead to improved practice and policy. NH Listens is a national partner of Everyday Democracy.
New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization. Our mission is to remove the corrupting influence of money in politics and government and make the government work for ALL the people of New Mexico and our country.
No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents dedicated to a simple proposition: We want our government to work again. Washington is no longer capable of solving the problems facing America. Crushed under the weight of poisonous rhetoric and hyper-partisanship, solutions and compromise consistently fall short. We, the American people, are the collateral damage of this partisan warfare.
Nonprofit VOTE was founded in 2005 by a consortium of state nonprofit associations and national nonprofit networks to provide resources and trainings for the nonprofit sector on how to conduct nonpartisan voter participation and election activities. Nonprofit VOTE partners with America's nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
The One America Movement's mission is to build bridges and solve problems. We bring Americans together across racial, religious, political and geographic divides to address pressing social problems—poverty, opioids, racial tension and more. Our work is guided by faith and science. We work with experts in neuroscience, social science and conflict-resolution to design our work. And we promote the core values of our faith traditions: to treat others as we wish to be treated, and to advance a vision for a stronger and more united country.
OneVirginia2021 is a non-partisan leader in advocating for fair redistricting in Virginia. We organize through local, regional, and statewide efforts and we need your support and participation. OneVirginia2021 partners with individuals and organizations to raise awareness and works with legislators to implement meaningful reform.
Open Debates is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that the presidential debates best serve the public interest. Since 2003, Open Debates has exposed how political parties manipulate the presidential debates to the detriment of voter education, and has worked to prevent political parties from weakening debate formats, excluding popular candidates and limiting the number of debates.
Open Gov Hub is the world's first meeting place, co-working space and innovation hub dedicated to opening up governments and empowering citizens around the world. Our community includes nearly 50 organizations and 300 people. We help open government advocates be more efficient through accessing shared resources and be more effective through collaboration.
Open Primaries is a movement of diverse Americans who believe in a simple, yet radical idea: no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote. The mission of Open Primaries is to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters and policymakers, advance litigation, train spokespeople, conduct and support research, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions. We provide information to the public about open and nonpartisan primaries. We engage all sectors—voters, policy makers, good government and civic organizations, business leaders, community activists—to educate, build bridges and develop the primary reform movement.
Open the Government is an inclusive, nonpartisan coalition that works to strengthen our democracy and empower the public by advancing policies that create a more open, accountable, and responsive government.
The OpenGov Foundation is a fiercely apolitical nonprofit dedicated to serving those who serve the people in America's legislatures. Our mission is to create a 21st century Congress where, elected officials and staff can meaningfully engage at scale with those they represent, and where citizens can see, shape, and understand the critical decision that affect their lives, their families, and their businesses. We empower those who serve in our democracy with better technology, data, and human-centered design.
The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) empowers people to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. PBP is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money. PBP is the lead organization advancing participatory budgeting (PB) across the United States and Canada. It is based on the guiding principles of: Community, Participatory Democracy, Equity, Transparency and Learning.
Since our founding in 2001, we have worked to make government more effective and efficient. Our nonpartisan stance allows us to collaborate with many different stakeholders who share our vision for a better government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from government to the private sector, bringing together diverse perspectives to develop forward-thinking solutions and put them into action. But improving government requires more than just ideas — we need a talented corps of knowledgeable, action-oriented problem-solvers capable of driving results and innovation. That's why we work with leaders throughout government to help them transform the government we have into the government we need.
The mission of The People is to bring Americans together to engage in civil discourse, establish and carry out nonpartisan governmental reforms. By doing so, we will live in a truly representative democracy. By activating all citizens and bringing our country together, one collective voice will be established and the average person can be heard. We will help individuals organize around common causes, rounding out strengths and weaknesses, and connecting them with others to accelerate their efforts. This will help us to facilitate productive dialogue between those with variation in beliefs and promote action to address needed governmental reforms.
People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.
What if we could reinvent the public square in the context of our elections so candidates can genuinely earn the attention to compete? At Pluribus we believe a more meritocratic and modern public square would: 1. Increase participation and informed decision-making by the electorate. 2. Lower the barrier to entry so there is greater competition and more diversity of candidates. 3. Increase prioritization of broad public interests.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a nationally-recognized watchdog that leads in-depth, award-winning investigations into the corruption that undermines our democracy, environment, and economic prosperity.
ProCon.org is the country's leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. ProCon.org uses professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 70 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. The mission statement at ProCon.org is: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles.
Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit with an urgent mission: to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. We do this by holding the President and the Executive Branch accountable to the laws and longstanding practices that have protected our democracy through both Democratic and Republican administrations. While democracy spread through most of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, it has been in retreat around the world through the early days of the Twenty-First. In the United States, we have seen an unprecedented tide of authoritarian-style politics sweep the country that is fundamentally at odds with the Bill of Rights, the constitutional limitations on the role of the President, and the laws and unwritten norms that prevent overreach and abuse of power. The only limits to prevent a slide away from our democratic traditions will be those that are imposed by the Courts, Congress, and the American people.
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps build a democracy that works for everyone and fuels progress on critical issues. Public Agenda works to strengthen democracy and expand opportunity in America by fostering thoughtful public opinion, meaningful public participation and responsive public institutions. It builds progress on critical issues through: Research that illuminates people's views and values. Engagement that gets people talking, learning from each other and working together on solutions. Techniques for managing the human side of change. A capacity building ethos.Communications that build momentum for change.
A non-partisan proposal for a Constitutional amendment to align the actions of Congress with America's national interests. The "Public Check" referendum would be in addition to the existing elections for all representatives and one-third of the Senators every two years. The Public Check on Congress would establish. A new connection between Congress and the American people, to give them the incentive to dramatically improve their performance by constructively addressing issues of national importance, and, in the process, raising the public's level of satisfaction with them.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country. We don't participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. We take no government or corporate money, which enables us to remain fiercely independent and call out bad actors – no matter who they are or how much power and money they have.
Purple America is a national initiative of Values-in-Action Foundation to re-focus the American conversation to a civil, productive and respectful dialogue around our American shared values. To highlight the American values that unite us, we are creating new forums to share our beliefs, engage young people in meaningful dialogue about values and connect all Americans through the discovery and celebration of our shared American ideals. It's goal is to create and facilitate a new, more civil way of dialoguing about Who We Are and What We Stand For as Americans.
R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. We are a free market think-tank with a pragmatic approach to public-policy challenges. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. We work extensively on both state and national policy and are dedicated to building broad coalitions and working with a wide array of groups who share specific policy goals.
Ranked Choice Tennessee envisions a future where more Tennesseans can participate in elections using ranked choice voting (RCV). Our activities fall into two main categories: civic education and advocacy. We work with election administrators, policy makers and the public to share best practices and help facilitate successful RCV elections.
Ranked Choice Voting Maryland (RCV Maryland) is a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition seeking to build a more effective, representative democracy through ranked choice voting elections. We are a collective of activists and supporting organizations seeking to modernize Maryland's voting systems at the city, county, and state level. RCV Maryland formed to galvanize public and political support for better voting methods after a history of crowded primaries, a lack of fair representation, and low plurality winners.
Reclaim Our Democracy is an inclusive, collaborative, multi-partisan movement to limit and control the corrupting influence of money on elections and politicians. Our goal is to reclaim our democratic rights as citizens of the United States of America to have a government that truly represents and supports the needs and desires of all people. We: Educate ourselves and others. Organize learning events. Collaborate with other organizations. Help grow the Democracy Movement.
We're a New Kind of Website – an informational gateway aimed at helping people who are upset about America today to get engaged in fixing our democracy and making our economy fairer at the local level, where people power still has clout. Lots of Americans are very unhappy but they don't know what to do. They need an entry point that opens the door to multiple pathways for reform. So we've created an easily accessible, journalistic-style website to answer questions that we've heard from audiences all over this country. Unlike many other sites, we are not pushing one pet issue or one particular strategy. We introduce you to multiple issues, multiple strategies, multiple organizations that can help you start a reform movement in your own community or join forces with others.
ReConsider Media combines podcasts and articles to discuss international and domestic politics, political structures, and the news of today. We strive to provide a reliable, unbiased resource for processing information and understanding the context around many of the issues we face. Reconsiders mission is to fight political polarization & improve the quality of political discourse by providing practical discussion strategies and provocative content that challenges common narratives.
The Redistrict Network is committed to the edification and advancement of Redistricting and Redistricting professionals. We welcome anyone interested in the art of districting, reapportionment, and public boundary revision. Our areas of focus include but are not limited to administrative, medical, political, school and electoral boundary lines. Our organization works toward making the process more efficient and effective while also addressing many of the moral and ethical concerns associated with practice. Finally, we highlight many of the actions you can take to implement best practices and influence redistricting!
RepresentUs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for state and local laws based on model legislation called the American Anti-Corruption Act. It is a proposal to overhaul lobbying, transparency, and campaign finance laws. We bring together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections. We are a powerful movement of independents, progressives, and conservatives is building on America's long tradition of pursuing federal reform through the states.
RepresentWomen's mission is to strengthen our democracy by advancing reforms that break down barriers to ensure more women can run, win, serve, and lead. More women in elected and appointed positions at every level of government will strengthen our democracy by making it more representative, reviving bi-partisanship and collaboration, improving the deliberative process, encouraging a new style of leadership, and building greater trust in our elected bodies. RepresentWomen accomplishes its mission in these 4 ways: conducts research to track representation and assess best practices; educates PACs, donors, party leaders & elected officials about reforms to advance women's representation & leadership; advocates at the local, state and federal levels to adopt institutional reforms; forges strategic collaborative partnerships to build a lasting & successful movement for gender parity.
Running Start is a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for public office. We're empowering young women to get involved in politics and transform our world, one elected female leader at a time. We offer programs that equip them with the hands on skills and confidence they need to run and win. With over 100 training programs across the country, we've trained over 12,000 women (and counting!). And because we're nonpartisan, we're achieving this in the spirit of fellowship while focusing on building stronger community for young women who want to lead.
We are a citizen-driven, voluntary group of people who believe America can be, and should be, a country where level-headed views work to find compromise and consensus. We are ordinary people. Our sounds radical right now because it is increasingly uncommon. We don't think a belief in moderation and cooperation are radical. We think these approaches are ideal. Our party's origin and leadership includes moderate policymakers, politicians and proposed reforms that originated from both major parties.
She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office. We are driven by a vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030. #250kby2030
Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn founded Stand Up Republic (SUR) to help Americans defend democracy and the fundamental principles that have made this country the home of liberty and a source of hope for many around the world. In support of this mission, SUR is growing a grassroots network as it produces and distributes related content on traditional and digital media platforms. Together, this content and network are designed to hold leaders in Congress, the White House, and elsewhere accountable for protecting our democracy. SUR has formed alliances with journalists, academics and movement leaders across the political spectrum. Defending democratic norms and institutions is the cause that unites us all. As SUR's network continues to grow it applies pressure to those who put party and personal interests before those of the country, while applauding those who have the courage to put country and principle first.
SLLF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to professional development for our nation's current and future state legislative leaders. Our educational programs, held in partnership with leading colleges and universities, are designed to give these leaders the objective information they need to make reasoned decisions on important public policy issues. We educate and inspire our nation's current and future state legislative leaders to excellence, without regard for party, policy or ideology.
Students have been at the forefront of social change throughout history, from civil rights, to voting rights to protecting the environment. For over 40 years we've helped students to get organized, mobilized and energized so they can continue to be on the cutting edge of positive change. We work with professional staff at colleges and universities to make sure our peers have the skills, opportunities and training they need to create a better, more sustainable future for all of us. Our chapters on 35 campuses provide the training, professional support and resources students need to tackle climate change, protect public health, revitalize our democracy, feed the hungry and more.
The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. Our vision is for technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for all government information.
Sustained Dialogue (SD) develops leaders able to transform differences into the strong relationships essential to effective decision-making, democratic governance, and peace. SD differs from other changemaking processes through its focus on understanding the nature of community relationships, which are often the "problem behind the problem". SD reaches beyond formal institutions to include "whole bodies politic"—everyday community members as well as formal leaders. Our method for changing society is to focus on the five elements of relationship: Identity, Interests, Power, Perceptions & Patterns of Interaction.
Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) believes that individual participation in the American political system is the best way to preserve and strengthen our liberty. We engage in research, education, and advocacy about returning political power to individuals and ending the system of escalating campaign contributions by corporations, labor unions and special interests that fuels government spending. We believe politicians should be responsible to the people and not to self-serving moneyed interest who seek government subsidies and special treatment at a significant cost to taxpayers. Our mission is To be the leading organization in developing a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected, and that every election is financed with transparency primarily by the people to be REPRESENTED and not by outside special interests.
TechCongress gives talented technologists the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in federal policymaking and shape the future of tech policy through a one-year Congressional Innovation Fellowship (CIF) with a Member of Congress or Congressional Committee. We bring diverse tech talent, ideas and training to Congress and is building a practical and pragmatic understanding of Washington within the tech community. We bridge the divide of knowledge and experience between DC and Silicon Valley for better outcomes for both. The CIF provides a unique opportunity to change Congress by injecting desperately needed technological expertise into the Legislative Branch. TechCongress is committed to building an ecosystem of diverse, cross-sector technology policy leaders.
Unite America is a movement of Democrats, Republicans, and independents who are committed to bridging the growing partisan divide in order to tackle our largest challenges and leave a better country for future generations. Our mission is to pass reforms that will unrig our broken political system and elect candidates who will put country over party. Our "Fulcrum Strategy" is focused on empowering bipartisan caucuses in narrowly divided legislatures, like the US Senate, where they can use their enormous leverage to forge common ground solutions.
We are United. We are organizing Citizen to Citizen, neighbor to neighbor. We are building Power for communities across the country. We are United Citizen Power. Across the country we are engaging in deep community organizing to make voting a habit for more citizens in every election. We are making sure voting is not just a thing that might happen every four years. Across issues and communities, we are engaging and building power among everyday citizens. This is the kind of power that ensures government works for and represents the people. We are organizing people across race, class, and even party lines in communities throughout the United States.
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitals across the country, we take on the special interests on issues such as product safety, public health, campaign finance reform, tax and budget reform and consumer protection, where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.
The Center for the Political Future (CPF) combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges. Our events, programs, scholarships, and internships inspire and train students for careers in public service and lifetimes of civic engagement.
VerifiedVoting.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizens' trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes are in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems. We connect those who are making and implementing policy that shapes how we vote to those who understand the particular risks associated with the emerging digital landscape, particularly online and electronic voting.
The Village Square believes in the power of dialogue and disagreement. We spearhead a variety of programming centered around civility and community-building (especially among political opposites). Locally, we work with a variety of community partners, offering more than 30 programs a year. Nationally, we assist other communities with their civility efforts and provide support as needed. Events and programs are created with the intent of building community, fostering dialogue, encouraging disagreement, and ultimately, increasing empathy.
Voice of the People (VOP) is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to re-anchor our democracy in its founding principles by giving 'We the People' a greater role in government. VOP furthers the use of innovative methods and technology to give the American people a more effective voice in the policymaking process. VOP is working to urge Congress to take these new methods to scale so that Members of Congress have a large, scientifically-selected, representative sample of their constituents —called a Citizen Cabinet—to be consulted on current issues and providing a voice that accurately reflects the values and priorities of their district or state.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, the National Vote at Home Institute is dedicated to ensuring the security of our elections and putting voters' needs first. Vote at home is a growing trend across red, blue and purple states because it is a time-tested and proven way to bolster the security of elections, improve voter engagement, and reduce election-related costs.
Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. We work to ensure that the electorate matches the population. We accomplish our work via a two-pronged approach: 1) We build and maintain the Vote.org website and the Vote.org toolset. 2) We proactively reach out to low-propensity voters and encourage them to vote.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a progressive, non-profit organization in the United States. It seeks to increase voter registration among Americans, including unmarried women, people of color and young people. The VPC Data Center has been created to provide Information and analysis from multiple sources on the social, economic and political lives of this fast-growing, increasingly powerful population.
Voter Protection Corps was founded by experts in election law to address a stark, urgent reality: The assault on voters' rights will almost certainly increase, intensify and become more insidious in advance of the 2020 Presidential election. Voter Protection Corps is building a state-by-state playbook to combat both intentional voter suppression tactics and disenfranchisement caused by insufficient planning. Early, data-driven solutions identified and implemented by experienced voter protection professionals can reduce barriers to casting and counting the ballots of eligible voters across the country in 2020.
Voters Not Politicians defends and promotes policies which strengthen democracy. Michigan's government must truly represent the will of the people, all votes must count equally, and all voices must be heard. Our representatives must not be unduly influenced by lobbyists or special interests or motivated by personal gain.
VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2012 with a mission to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. VoteRiders informs and helps citizens to secure their voter ID as well as inspires and supports organizations, local volunteers, and communities to sustain voter ID education and assistance efforts.
VoteRunLead trains women to run for office. And win. With more than 33,000 women trained to run for office, VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. We work to equip women with the right know-how, trainings and how-to's to help them enter politics with a purpose. We believe that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values.
Fix Democracy First is a non-profit in the state of Washington fighting to improve our Democratic processes. We have been running initiatives and projects in support of public financing of campaigns, fair elections, overturning Citizen's United, protecting voting rights and other similar efforts for almost two decades. We have recently merged with WAmend and continue to work very closely with allies, partners, and volunteers towards our common goal of getting money out of politics.
Our mission is to increase transparency and accountability in West Virginia elections, and advance reforms to strengthen democracy and ensure fairness and impartially in our courts. West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections began in 2002 to support the Fair and Clean Elections concept for financing election campaigns. The Fair and Clean Elections model is a completely voluntary system that provides full public financing to candidates who agree to limit spending and take no money from private interests. This constitutional alternative would reduce candidate reliance on special interest money and enable those who lack personal wealth or access to wealth contributors to run a competitive campaign. Our Coalition supports public financing as a way for ordinary citizens to have a greater voice in the political process, both as candidates and contributors.
We are building a citizen army across America fighting for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that will end the rampant corruption of our federal government and ensure Free and Fair Elections. The massive amounts of money spent in our elections from outside special interests, often with little to no transparency, is drowning out the voices of average citizens and distorting the most fundamental principle of America - a country dependent upon the people alone. By working together, we can solve this problem and ensure true representative government in America for ourselves and future generations with an amendment to the Constitution. Wolf-PAC is using a proven strategy of going through our state governments to achieve an amendment. Learn more about our plan and how to become an active citizen by visiting our website.
Young people are a historically underrepresented constituency, and our focus is on ensuring young communities with the least access to political and economic power have a say. We do this through building a community of young leaders to take action for social change, sharing the stories of young adults, cutting-edge policy research and analysis, providing tools for our generation to make smart economic choices, and mission- driven social enterprise ventures. Over 500,000 people are part of the Young Invincibles network. Young Invincibles takes on our generation's most pressing economic issues.
Founded 145 years ago to serve the Jewish people, 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. As a nonprofit community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment. 92nd Street Y reaches out beyond its core constituency of American Jews to serve people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.
Civic Nation uses organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of our nation's most pressing challenges. We work with public and private partners to inspire, educate and activate people around the issues that are important to our country.